Our nursing role as a liaison among students, family, health care providers, educators and support staff fosters each student to achieve their highest level of academic success.
REMINDER: If you are calling your child out ill please notify the attendance person in the Main Office at 860-628-3261.
During the latter half of the school year postural screening will be conducted in school on students in Grades 6 & 8. The purpose of this program is to recognize the signs of spinal curvature at its earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Please watch for the dates of the screening in the school newsletter after December.
Scoliosis, the most common spinal abnormality, is a side-to-side curvature of the spine. It is usually detected in childhood or early adolescence. Most cases of spinal curvature are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician. In its early years, it is painless and develops gradually, especially during the years of adolescent growth. Mild curvatures are often noticeable only to those trained in detecting spinal abnormalities. Others may become progressively more severe as the child continues to grow. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity, which can later have an impact on the health and appearance of the child.
The procedure for screening is simple and a school nurse will conduct it. She will look at your child’s back while he or she stands and then bends forward. For this screening, boys and girls will be seen separately and individually.
Boys must remove their shirts. Girls must remove their blouses and wear a halter top, bathing suit top, or bra. Body suits or one-piece bathing suits are not acceptable, as it is necessary for the entire back to be visible during the screening process.
You will be notified only if medical follow-up is necessary. This screening does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and checkups.
Any student who has documentation that they have been screened by their physician this year is excused from postural screening unless parental request is made to the school nurse.
If you do not want your child to have a spinal screening at school, please notify the nurse in writing prior to the screening.
Thank you for your cooperation.
WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ILL
The school nurse will ask parents/legal guardians to pick up a student who becomes ill during school hours or who has an illness or injury that, in the professional judgment of the school nurse, needs to be observed at home or assessed by a medical doctor.
Examples may include, but are not limited to:
- Elevated temperature of 100 degrees F. and above
- Seizure, head injury, severe headache, blurred vision or dizziness
- Severe asthmatic episode or respiratory difficulty
- Chest pain or pressure
- Generalized allergic reaction
- Weeping or unusual rash
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Communicable illness
- Injury requiring sutures
- Soft tissue injury
- Dental injury
9-1-1 will be called in an emergency for immediate transportation to the hospital.
Staying Home From School
To safeguard the health of all students, we ask parents/legal guardians to monitor their children for possible communicable diseases.
Students should stay home from school if they:
- Have an elevated temperature of 100 degrees F. and above
- Have an undiagnosed rash
- Have recurrent vomiting in the past 24 hours
- Have more than one episode of diarrhea
- Have large amounts of yellow/green mucus discharge from nose
- Have a severe sore throat (possible strep throat)
- Have conjunctivitis (pink eye) with discharge
- Have an active infestation of head lice
- Have a communicable illness
Students should remain home:
- For at least 24 hours after an elevated temperature returns to normal without anti-inflammatory medication
- For at least 24 hours after their first dose of antibiotic medication
- For severe earache, with or without fever
- For at least 24 hours after recurrent vomiting/diarrhea has ended
- Until treatment for conjunctivitis is initiated
- Until they are adequately treated for head lice, scabies, or other infestation/communicable disease, and assessed by the school nurse
- Until chickenpox/shingles vesicles or any rash with drainage has dried and completely scabbed over
Thank you for your cooperation.